Welcome July

Happy 1st of July! 

I am really excited to begin this new month.  It’s going to be the craziest and busiest month for us because we have so many friends and family members who are coming to meet our son, Cliff.  How blessed are we that many people love us enough to take time out of their schedules for us.  Thank goodness Cliff has been working on his selfie faces because I’m sure there will be plenty of picture taking and memory making!

June was an interesting month for us, and went out like a bang…literally.  Here are the highlights:

  • I spoke at my school’s graduation ceremony and watched my first group of students walk across the stage.
  • Dan wrapped up the school year and started his summer vacation.  It’s been great having all three of us home during the day.
  • I joined Bailey’s Gym to help get me closer to my pre-baby body.  I forgot how much I enjoyed working out in a legit gym.  The atmosphere inspires me to push myself more than when I’m at home.
  • Dan celebrated his first ever Father’s Day.  I wish I could have done more to express how much Cliff and I love him and what a phenomenal father he is.
  • I attended a week-long Advanced Placement Literature conference and got SOOOO inspired!  I have been developing my new courses and reading/rereading books like a curriculum planning-aholic.
  • Dan and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary by watching “Hail, Caesar!” and eating a delicious dinner at home.  #NewParents
  • Two wonderful young ladies that graduated a few years ago came over to visit, and it was nice catching up with them.
  • Cliff also had his 3-month appointment and got a solid bill of healthy from his pediatrician.  We are working on his sleeping at night because it has been fluctuating lately.  The doctor suggested that he may be having some digestive issues because she noticed a pattern between the pace and quantity of his eating habits and his poor sleeping sessions.  She suggested some Mylicon, and that has made a huge difference already!

NOT my baby =)

What’s In Store for July

July is going to be hectic but in a good way.  Just because we will be entertaining friends and family doesn’t mean that I don’t have goals to keep up with.

Books/Reading & Curriculum Planning:

I want to review the books that I have included in my curriculums for this upcoming school year.  I have read all of them before, but not necessarily used them for direct instruction.  Also, with teaching a section of Advanced Placement Literature, I will need to revamp my teaching strategies to support a new way to analyze and write about the texts they will be studying.

One of the strategies that I took away from my week-long conference was to give students a specific task for their reading that qualifies under a “Seek and List” title.  For example: Read the poem, “Groceries” by Cathy Smith Bowers, and create a list of similes and/or metaphors for things that are damaged.  Then, choose two and explain how and why the author used these devices to create tone.

Goal: Review the following books & create “Lists”

  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Health and Wellness:

New moms have a difficult standard to live up to when they’re trying to lose the baby weight.  I don’t like the term “get back” your body because that assumes that there’s a loss, a void, a deficit when you don’t have the same physique after having a baby.  A woman’s body is put through total trauma to carry and deliver a new life, and it should be handled with tenderness and love.  As a culture, we are too violent with our expectations that women should “snap back” and quickly.  EVERY SINGLE aspect of your life changes once you become a parent or add another sibling to the pack, so why stress about having a different body?  That’s not to say that there is anything wrong with wanting to be healthy and in shape, or ever aspire to fit back into your old wardrobe; I am someone who has focused on that specific goal now that I’ve had my son.  The difference is that I don’t demand it to happen before it’s time, or set unrealistic expectations.  I work out every day, true, but I also did that before and during my pregnancy.  I slowly built my cardio and strength training routines back up, slowly and carefully.  I am not back to my fitness level, but I am not beating myself up about it.  Some women may achieve their goals sooner than me, some may take longer.  Just like all pregnancies, like all babies, each woman’s journey is specific to them and shouldn’t be compared to others’.  With that being said, I do have a goal for July to help me get closer to my ultimate goal.

July Goal: Workout daily & fit into my black and khaki capri pants.

Ultimate Goal: Workout daily & fit into my old wardrobe.

*Notice I don’t have a weight or pant size goal.  I just want to fit into the clothes that I used to wear.


Clearly, it is going to be a full month for the Ferrari family!  My ultimate goal is to enjoy each and every moment that we will get to spend with our out-of-town guests.

One Year Later…

It’s early morning on a Monday.  I’ve just put my son back into his crib after spending 45 minutes feeding, rocking, baby chatting, and diaper changing him.  I’m thinking about my agenda for today, and stop to think about how my life has changed in just one year.

Flash back to the summer of 2015 and you would find me living in a different house, filling my days with trips to the gym, walks in my neighborhood, reading books such as Game of Thrones and silly memoirs that made the heat much more bearable, and thinking about how blessed I was that I would be teaching the same curriculum as the last year, which allowed for such a laid-back approach to my “break.”

Now, I groggily respond to the sounds of hunger from the white crib across the room from my own bed.  I brush hair out of my face and hope that it’s been at least two hours since the last time I woke up, and then fill up with joy and love as I look down at a smiling, toothless face.  Warming up bottles and cups of coffee while I bounce a fussy boy fill the mornings that used to be frantic with the importance of getting my day started; don’t waste a minute being static.

Our day is fairly routine: feed a baby, burp a baby, change a baby, play with a baby, take 126 pictures of a baby, make faces at a baby, coo with a baby, ask a baby “who’s a _______ boy??”and wait for him to respond, kiss a baby, rock a baby, put a baby down for a nap, revel in the sensation of moving around the house without a 15lb. doll-face in your arms, mentally review the list of things that need to be taken care of and choose one, begin pulling out supplies/putting things away/clean up a mess, hear a baby fuss, pick up a baby, feed a baby, feed a baby….

My life and desires are completely turned on their sides, and I literally cannot remember what I did with myself when I didn’t have something so important to fill it up.  The things that used to consume my mind and decision-making are blurs, so I don’t even care that I don’t address them anymore.  I seek to find a balance between the new life and some sense of Amanda R Ferrari, but the scales are pretty tipped in Mommy’s favor, which is how I prefer it.  I still love to read, to watch my trashy tv shows, and workout, but it’s with the purpose to be at my best for my family.

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Right now, my son is playing on his play mat that lights up and sings to him, and I am back from celebrating with my husband that he was able to reach up and grasp TWO toys at once, whereas two weeks ago he was still wildly swinging at the swinging animals, catching one every 20th attempt.

I can’t tell you what the purpose of this blog is going to be other than to say it’s going to be about my life.  I’m sure that there will be additions from all facets of my life: Mommyhood, teaching, reading, workouts, etc.  I hope you can find something of value here, and I thank you for reading.

Weekly Goals: Midweek Update

Happy Thursday!  I love a good Thursday.  It’s not quite the weekend, but you can appreciate both the days you have put in so far and look forward to the few days off ahead.


Today is a work day for my students on a project that I can’t wait to share with you.


Update on my weekly goals:

1.  70 ounces of water a day.  CHECK!  I have a plastic water pitcher that I’ve marked off in two-hour intervals, and when that is combined with my before and after-school water, I’ve reached my goal each day.

2.  5 days of exercise per week.  

Monday: Upper Body

Tuesday: Cardio

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: Cardio

Friday: Low Body (planned)

Saturday: Cardio (planned)

Sunday: Rest (planned)

3.  Vacuum the house and car.  This is only halfway done.  The floors in the house are done, but the car still needs a good shaking out, but the trip to see this sunrise was SO worth it!

Sunrise 1

4.  More veggies, fewer pretzels.  Done!  I have done a really good job of sticking to my healthier snacks.  I have really enjoyed my cucumber/tomato/carrot/cottage cheese snacks.  I even turned it into a meal with a turkey burger on the side a few times.

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